The free app every parent should download this summer

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The app makes learning about water safety fun for kids

Royal Life Saving recently released the National Drowning report for 2017 and the drowning statistics in under 5’is 29, a 38 percent increase on last year.

“Last year’s result (2016) of 21 [drownings] was our lowest on record but still the biggest cause of accidental deaths is backyard swimming pools where parents or those supervising left the gate open and let kids through,” explained Laurie.

Children need constant and active supervision when they’re in or around water and with summer approaching, vigilance is the key to keeping kids safe.

The app is aimed at parents and young kids and includes music, cartoons with a focus on the home, pool, beach and farm water safety.

There are five key things everyone needs to know about water safety

The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, is ‘delighted’ to join the cause and the government is putting $1 million of funding into the program.

Kids Alive – Do the Five is made up of five important messages:

  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim
  4. Supervise – watch your mate
  5. And learn how to resuscitate

We think every Aussie parent should have this app on their phone before summer starts because water safety is so important.

By Amy Lyall

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How to use Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5

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Every Galaxy S5 owner should know how to use these settings

The Galaxy S5 is a fantastic phone for most modern “smartphone” tasks, but it’s also an incredibly powerful tool in those not-so-good times when you need it to do some specific things in an emergency. Samsung has included a set of features on the GS5 called “Safety Assistance,” and this group of tools will help you out big time in those rare emergency cases when time and quality really matter.

Diving into the settings to at least familiarize yourself with the Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5 is a great idea for anyone, but could end up being extremely useful one day. There’s just a few settings to check and you’ll be ready to go — read along and see how to manage the Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5.

Enable Safety Assistance features

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To see and enable Safety Assistance features, head into your phone’s settings and scroll down to the Safety Assistance section under “System.” Here you’ll see a relatively simple set of options to choose from — Emergency Mode, Geo News, Send Help Messages and Manage Primary Contacts.

When you enter the Safety Assistance settings for the first time you’ll be prompted to add at least one Primary Contact if you haven’t yet, which turns out to be very important for these features. Your Primary Contacts are the people who will be contacted in case of an emergency when you use Help Messages and the Emergency Mode. It’s simple to set this up — tap the dialogue (or the settings option if you’ve set it up previously), and scroll through your contacts to select important people who need to be contacted in an emergency.

After setting up Primary Contacts, the first time you tap into each one of the options to turn it on you’ll have to accept some terms of service and acknowledge that you read the terms, but then you’ll be able to turn individual features on and off at any time.

by Andrew Martonik

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